Why Does It Rain?

From the Series On My Own Science

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Where does rain come from? What are clouds made of? Follow water as it makes its way through the entire water cycle. Then go back in time to the very first rainfall millions of years ago. Discover how water and rain transformed Earth from a lifeless rock into the beautiful, water-filled planet we live on today.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Category Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2005-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF037080, JNF037070
Dewey 551.57'7
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 89195
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, and Reviewed


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2006


Science Books & Films

“The science about the water cycle is adequate and accurate.” —Science Books & Film

The Horn Book Guide

“The cycles and causes of water, water vapor, rain, and related precipitation are explained in descriptive prose and illustrated with invitingly pastoral paintings.” —The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“On My Own Science is an accessible, informative series for middle and upper elementary students. . . this series would be a beneficial addtion to most school libraries. . .” —Library Media Connection

Author: Judith Jango-Cohen

Judith Jango-Cohen's career began in the classroom, where she created lessons to excite her students' interest in science. Eleven years later, after the birth of her two children, she turned to writing full time. Her adventures as a naturalist and photographer have inspired her forty-two books, which cover an assortment of subjects from Bionics to Ben Franklin and from ladybugs to librarians. Besides researching and writing books, Judith also writes science news stories for Scholastic classroom magazines.As a former teacher, Judith loves visiting classrooms and libraries to share her stories as a writer/photographer and to help children learn to express themselves through poetry and prose. She also enjoys meeting teachers and librarians when she presents programs at conferences.Judith's titles have been selected for the Children's Choices Reading List by the IRA/CBC, recommended by the National Science Teacher’s Association, chosen for the Children's Literature Choice List, named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book by the NCSS/CBC, and selected as Best Children's Books of the Year by the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College.

Illustrator: Tess Feltes

During her childhood on a farm in Central Ohio, earthiness, tenacity, and patience were so much a part of life for Tess Feltes that they became ingrained in her. Following a period of exploration, Tess found a true path studying scientific illustration at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. In her career, Tess has collaborated with botanists, entomologists, and other researchers on hundreds of drawings.